UPDATE: Attempted Murder Charges Filed Against Man Who Struck Officer with Car

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Toms River Township Police Chief Mitch Little announced that on Tuesday, Mr. Brian Swain, 48, of Toms River was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

According to officials, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force Detectives and members of the Toms River Township Police Department Special Enforcement Team observed drug activity in the parking lot of a Walgreen’s on River Avenue in Toms River.

Police say during the operation, a motor vehicle stop was executed just over the Lakewood border in the Seagull Square Mall.

As Detectives approached the vehicle, police say the driver, Swain quickly accelerated and stopped. Police say Swain again accelerated the car and struck a Toms River Township Police Detective, causing injury to the Detective.

According to police, Swain drove away and was eventually stopped in the parking lot by Toms River Township Police and placed under arrest.

EMS transported the Detective was transported to the hospital for treatment while police lodged Swain in the Ocean County Jail awaiting a detention hearing.

According to police, there were two (2) passengers in Swain’s vehicle at the time of the stop.

Mr. Eml Menching, 39, of Toms River, was charged with Possession of Heroin, Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Hypodermic Needle.

Police say Menching was released pending a future court date. The other passenger, Mr. Timothy Meseroll, was arrested on an active warrant out of municipal court, for which he posted bail and was released according to police.